A bit of Paleo Pregnancy Link Lovin'

Can you spot my 5 ft friend?

I've escaped the city and up at my cottage to enjoy my last weekend off call before returning to the life of a full time midwife. What a gift it is to be here!

The cottage is a small cabin nestled amongst the magnificent great white pines on a rocky island about a 40-min boat ride from the mainland. Needless to say, it's totally off the grid (powered my many solar panels) and it's my place of solace! Life is simple, quiet and reflective. Since getting here, I've done some garden work, moved some rocks, fought off a terrible infestation of flying ants, almost been bitten by a 5 ft fox snake and had to cook all the meat in my freezer because the old propane fridge died. Oh, did I say it mention it was bliss up here :)

I did some general web browsing this afternoon as I watched a thunderstorm roll in off the lake and thought I'd share what I found.

I love this post on Mind Body Green about preperation for childbirth! Surrounding yourself with positive stories and meditation are the key to a great labour and set the stage to become relaxed easy going parents.

Great tips from an experienced third time mama for increasing your energy naturally. 

I came across this post which describes one Paleo gal's informed choice not to do the 'routine' Gestational Diabetes test in her pregnancy. She chronicles her decision making process and I think it's a great reminder to everyone that "standard" medical tests are always OPTIONAL. It's so important to take charge of your own health, do your research and ask your caregiver why tests are being done. Especially if they are considered to be 'routine'. 

This is an interesting study published in the June issue of Gastroenterology. It found that probiotics from fermented dairy products can actually modulate brain activity. This study brings new meaning to "gut-brain" connection! 

Finally, I found this recipe on fastpaleo.com, it is completely random, but I really want to try it! I am a total sucker for any kind of chocolate covered ice cream treat and just bought a popsicle making device! For context, it would also make a wonderful pregnancy/ breastfeeding snack!  

PS It's going to be a SUPER blueberry crop this year! Did you know that the first wild blueberries of the season have the highest content of antioxidants compared with blueberries later in the season?